When you want a to make a drive available on the network, Samba is a good solution that works with most other operating systems.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install samba smbclient

Check if the service is running with

sudo systemctl status smbd

Update firewall to allow Samba connections

sudo ufw allow 'Samba'

It's possible to configure the shares via finder. Right click on the folder / drive and go to either "Properties -> Sharing tab" or "Local Network Share"

Allowing "Guest" will not require a password. Anyone on the local network can connect to the share.

If you want to use a standard user account to connect to them, you'll need to assign a samba password to the account:

sudo smbpasswd -a account

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Backup Configs

sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf.orig
sudo cp ~/previous/system/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf 

sudo /etc/init.d/samba reload


sudo mount -t cifs // ~/shared-drive